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This is Rotimi Williams, the 35-year-old entrepreneur who owns Nigeria’s 2nd largest rice farm

June 29th, 2016 / Bella Naija, Nigeria

“I had the opportunity to travel around a few African countries. These trips exposed me to countries like Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia and Ghana. A common thread amongst the aforementioned nations is agriculture. Agriculture is at the very core of these countries and this got me thinking.” Read …

GMO rice strain yields more, requires less fertilizer

June 17th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

A strain of genetically modified rice that promises 50 per cent greater yield and uses significantly less fertiliser has been developed by British scientists. Researchers have shown in field trials in China that a particular protein found naturally in rice helps it to access more of the nitrogen in soil …

Project develops first ever rice hybrids for farmers in Africa

June 2nd, 2016 / Elkurebedotcom, Nigeria

Rice farmers in Africa are set to dramatically increase their productivity with the new hybrid varieties that are capable of yielding up to 7 tonnes per hectare, courtesy of a public private partnership, Breeding by Design Project. According to a release issued by the head of Communications and Partnerships …

Labana Rice Mills, a reliable partner – USAID

April 19th, 2016 / elkurebedotcom

B4FA Fellow, Abdallah el-Kurebe reports: USAID Markets II declared Labana Rice Mills, among other rice millers in Nigeria, as a reliable partner for sustainable economic growth. Experts from the Agency, led by the Director of Economic Growth and Environment, Mr. Nduka Okaro are undergoing assessment tours to ascertain the Agency’s impact …

New rice seed promises high yields, income

March 16th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

New rice varieties that will enable growing of the crop with less pesticides, less fertilizers and less water have showed yields of 20-30 times more than traditional ones under trials on farmers’ fields. Read …

Immunity gene fusions discovered in plants

February 26th, 2016 / ISAAA

A certain class of plant immune receptors has been identified to be highly informative about plant disease resistance. Nucleotide-binding Leucine-Rich Repeat receptors (NLRs) with additional integrated domains that act as ‘baits’ for the pathogen have been identified in rice and thale cress, and experimentally shown to be involved in disease …

Genetically engineered rice with high levels of iron and zinc is developed

February 22nd, 2016 / Rice Today

A transdisciplinary group of scientists has succeeded in increasing iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn) levels in rice through biofortification—a breakthrough in the global fight against micronutrient deficiency or “hidden hunger.” Read …

Climate change and GMOs: can non-transgenic varieties address global challenges?

January 27th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Talk over rice production and genetics has been dominated by Golden Rice, the bioengineered rice variety that was enhanced to produce Vitamin A. While this has the promise to cure up to 500,000 annual worldwide cases of blindness due to Vitamin A-deficient diets, it has yet to come to market. …

Efforts to ‘turbocharge’ rice and reduce world hunger enter important new phase

December 4th, 2015 / Danforth Center

A long-term project aimed at improving photosynthesis in rice is entering its third stage, marking another step on the road to significantly increased crop yields that will help meet the food needs of billions of people across the developing world. Led by scientists at Oxford University, this phase of the …

Tanzania gives farmers U.S.$36 million for inputs and improved seeds

December 1st, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Tanzania has disbursed 2,999,778 vouchers for agriculture inputs worth $36.4 million (Tsh78.1 billion) to 999,993 farmers on the mainland so as to prepare for the new agricultural season 2015/2016. “The input subsidy vouchers have benefited many farmers of maize and rice crops by increasing production of these crops and …